Monday Message

APRIL 26, 2021

MEA’s Academic League Team places 11th at National Championship Tournament!

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MEA’s Varsity Academic League team qualified for and competed in the NAQT Small Schools National Championship (open division) over the past weekend. The tournament consisted of 50 top ranked academic league (quiz bowl) teams from all over the country. Aaron Chizhik, Yusuf Amanullah, Kate Papen, Ben Shimabukuro, Schuyler Smith, and Colin Gazaui represented our school. The team went 9-0 during group play on Saturday and earned a first round bye for the double elimination round on Sunday. On Sunday the team advanced to the third round of the winners bracket and eventually tied for 11th place in the tournament. Impressively, MEA beat the teams that finished 5th and 7th overall earlier in tournament play. It was an exciting weekend with many nail-biting matches. Our team was amazing both from an academic and sportsmanship standpoint!

Full results: (MEA scores first):

  • Thales Academy-Rolesville (Rolesville, NC)... 485 – 75
  • Herberger (Glendale, AZ)... 435 - 215
  • Moravian Academy B (Bethlehem, PA)... 360 - 210
  • St. Thomas' Episcopal (Houston, TX)... 260 - 255
  • Columbia Independent (Columbia, MO)... 465 - 135
  • Francis Parker B (Chicago, IL)... 435 - 115
  • Johnson Ferry Christian (Marietta, GA)... 365 - 160
  • BASIS McLean (McLean, VA)... 375 - 290
  • University School of Nashville (Nashville, TN)... 305 – 295
  • Friends Select (Philadelphia, PA)... 410 – 160
  • BASIS Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA)... 220 – 465
  • Thomas Jefferson Classical A (Mooresboro, NC)... 310 – 385


Link to MEA TEAM PAGE (with statistics)


MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit! When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!

First, go to and set your charity to "Mount Everest Academy Foundation".

Then, always start your shopping at and shop as usual while supporting our school!

Covid-19 Safety Expectations for On-Campus Learning Opportunities

If your student is attending one of our on-site learning opportunities, please be sure:

1) You have discussed Covid-19 safety procedures with them.

2) Your student arrives with a signed copy of the Parent acknowledgement of student on-site learning form. (This only needs to be brought on the first day.)

3) Your student brings the Daily Student Symptoms Checklist that is filled out at home before coming to school, or you can complete the daily symptom checklist online at the ClearPass web portal using your child’s district ID and pw. Then a screenshot on your phone can be shown at check-in that this has been completed. (Grades 6-12 can do this on their own phones.)

Some of the expectations for on campus attendance:

✔ Parents must take their child's temperature before coming to school. (Thermometers will be provided for any families needing one for home.)

✔ Students must arrive at the appropriate gate entrance on time at the beginning of the session. Students may not enter gates after this time. Pick up on time afterward is also strictly enforced.

✔ At the entrance, parents must arrive with a completed form (which can be done on paper or online) verifying their child does not have a temperature or any signs of illness.

✔ Parents/other adults are not allowed on campus past the gates.

✔ Masks must be worn at all times.

✔ Everyone will remain socially distanced at all times

✔ Playground/outdoor play will be allowed during each grade's allotted time.

✔ Eating will not be allowed on campus (no snacks).

✔ Extra air filtration devices will be in each classroom.

✔ Windows and doors will remain open. We will also schedule some of the activities to be outdoors.

✔ If you or your child have any signs of illness, please stay home. Any students showing signs of illness at school will be isolated in another location until parents can pick them up.

No K-5 Study Groups or Unplugged this week

For students in grades K-5, there are no study groups and no "Unplugged" sessions this week, from April 27-29. Please check with your supervising teacher if you have any questions!

On-Campus Opportunities

K-5 "Unplugged" (* * no meeting on April 27 * *)

If your student is signed up to attend our "Unplugged" sessions, you should have received a detailed message with procedures and expectations. Part of the elementary parking lot will be coned off for students/families to line up by grade level. Please park and line up with your child in their grade level line.

  • Students must be checked in between 12:00 and 12:15
  • Students must be picked up at 2pm. (Please wait in your grade level line until your student is released to you.)

6-12 "Study Zone"

One of the things families and students have said they miss the most about being on campus are the impromptu conversations they have with others in the MEA community. We will try to re-create this in the Study Zone, where students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will have opportunities to study with their peers and meet with available teachers. The auditorium and lunch court will be open during specific times for middle school and high school, following protocols outlined above. We may offer additional opportunities based on student input. ASB members, clubs, gardening, and the Coop Group may possibly also have meetings within the Study Zone timeframe. Students must sign up ahead of time to attend and sign ups will occur weekly. Please sign up here. Each student can sign up for up to two sessions per week, although three are offered. Please see schedule below. Students may be in Study Zone while attending a studygroup online.

Students attending Study Zone must check-in at the front entrance of school by the office.

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Mental Health Workshop

Day: Thursday, April 29

Time: 12:00-12:50

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 982 1995 6669

Passcode: 001691

Workshop Flyer

The MEA Mental Health Club is hosting a workshop with UCSD Health! On Thursday, April 29th, Dr. Shapiro and Kiley Rucker will come host a discussion with MEA students on test anxiety and burnout. Available to all high schoolers, please join us in this interactive workshop!


The final Spirit Week is coming up soon! Express your creativity and show your school spirit! ASB is sponsoring the following Spirit Days, the week of May 2:


Dress up in our school colors (blue and white), or as our mascot (a wolf).


To promote Mental Wellness, do some of the following:

  • Immerse yourself in nature (take a picture of an interesting plant),
  • Do a hobby or something you enjoy
  • Eat something green

We also encourage you to wear green, which is the mental health awareness color. Submit photos of yourself doing these things for extra spirit points!


On this day, (almost) anything goes! The more prompts from this list you can simultaneously dress up for, the more points you can earn for your class! Remember, even if your class doesn't win the Cup, the student who earns the most points gets a 10 dollar amazon gift card! Go wild, and good luck!

It is encouraged that students turn on their cameras during zoom meetings, so that they can show their spirit from home!

To earn Spirit Points, students need to submit photos to the Spirit Weeks folder of TreeRing. Please include the student's name, grade, and caption with all submissions. Note that from this time, Spirit Day photos submitted to TreeRing will not be included in the yearbook. match

Wednesday, May 5 / 12:00

Prepare your drawing skills, ASB is planning a schoolwide match on May 5th at 12pm. More info to come soon.

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Watch the Talent Show

The Talent Show from April 16th is now available to be viewed in two ways:

So relax, pop some popcorn, and get ready to oooh and aaah!


Our Middle School Art Class shared their artwork last week during our second Mini-Gallery of the semester. Artists shared their Illustrated Recipes and other artwork including Pop Art sketches and Watercolor paintings.

Our last Mini-Gallery of the semester will be held on Wednesday, May 26 at 10:40 am and will be open for the MEA community to attend! Zoom link will be sent out at a later date.

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Planting for our (Food) Future

This Earth Day event was led by our new Garden Educator, Ms. Shannon Stewart. Students learned about native pollinators and what it takes to create a Certified Wildlife Habitat. They also helped prep the garden space and planted seeds and small plants.


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Students in grades 6-12: Come help in the garden!

Ms. Stewart is seeking secondary students to help in the garden this week.

To join in the fun, just sign up for up to two "Study Zone" times this week for your grade level. When you check-in, let them know you are here to help out with the garden.

If this will be your first time on campus this semester, be sure to follow the “Covid-19 Safety Expectations” and “On-Campus Opportunities” guidelines listed at the top of this Monday Message.

Humans of MEA

In this episode, Chloe Moya interviews Elizabeth Brady (grade 12). If you're interested in being interviewed, fill out the Humans of MEA form!


Student SDUSD Board Member Application

High School students can now apply to serve a one-year term alongside the five Board Trustees for the 2021-22 school year by following the process outlined here and completing this Google Form.

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021: Filing Deadline
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021: Districtwide high school student election

Virtual USC Tour

Wednesday, April 28 / 1:50

Calling all high schoolers! You are invited to join our high school AVID class on a virtual tour to USC this Wednesday, 4/28 at 1:50. Please email Mrs Sink, for the zoom link if you are interested in joining the tour.

Community College information

Students taking community college classes during the Summer will need to buy their books and materials through the Mesa Bookstore or online (amazon, chegg, etc). You will not be billed through your portal for books.

High school students enrolled in 11 units or less will have their enrollment fees waived, but will be billed for the health fee (roughly $22). Enrollment fees may take 10-12 business days to clear of their balance.

High school students can now begin submitting supplemental applications to the campus where your course is offered as soon as you select your class(es) off of the summer class schedule. You will be enrolled by Admissions around open enrollment May 17, 2021. Please note: all High school students have a hold on their record and are not able to self enroll. Students must meet class requirements prior to being enrolled by Admissions. If you feel like you meet pre-requisite requirements for a class you can take a subject assessment to determine your eligibility. Please submit your supplemental applications for Fall as soon as the Fall class schedule becomes available on June 7th. Keep in mind to schedule classes at the community college that do not conflict with our MEA study group schedule.

Summer 2021 College Dates

Summer Class schedule- April 19, 2021

Open Enrollment - May 17, 2021

First day of Summer - June 7, 2021

Fall 2021 College Dates

Fall class schedule - June 7, 2021

Open Enrollment- July 19, 2021

1st day of Fall - Aug 23

Spirit Cup Leaderboard

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Congratulations to the 5th Grade class, who is at the top of the leaderboard for this month's Spirit Point tally! There is only one month left of the Spirit Cup competition! The points are neck and neck, and it’s anyone’s game.

Participate in the upcoming Spirit Week, or attend events in order to ensure that your class ends victorious! And remember that whichever student has the most points at the end of Month 9 wins an Amazon Gift Card! Don’t forget to upload your photos of your Spirit Week outfits to Treering! For instruction on how to, go here.


Along with an internet upgrade, MEA now has a new phone system. Please note that we now have a new phone number, 619-605-8700. The old number will continue to work for the next few months to allow for a transition and all communications will soon list our new number.

DVDs of "A Wrinkle in Time"

We have some DVDs left from our last theatre production in March 2020: A Wrinkle in Time. They will be on sale at the discounted price of $7 each. We have a limited quantity, so it is first come first serve. For information to buy one, please call miss Maria at the main office at (619) 605-8700.


Click to Purchase Your 2020-21 MEA Yearbook

  • School Passcode: 1013183679162246

This year's book gives each student 2 free pages to fill with their own photos and memories.

Report Cards

We continue to follow the district procedures for COVID19 and all staff is working remotely, therefore report cards are not being mailed home. You may access students’ grades and unofficial transcripts on your PowerSchool parent portal. If you need help accessing the parent portal, please contact Maria Ramos at

Senior Reminders

This senior letter and graduation checklist was sent to seniors and their parents on 2/19/21.

Upcoming deadlines:

  • Community Service Hours form - 4/23
  • Two Surveys - 4/30

Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony

Day: Friday, June 11

Time: 5:00pm

Place: Mt. Helix Park Outdoor Amphitheater

Material Checkout Times

Please come to the North facing door of the auditorium.

  • Tuesdays: 10:00-12:00
  • Thursdays: 10:00-12:30

Please contact Suzie Wilson at if you have any questions on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.

Book Returns

Want to return MEA books that you no longer need? There will be a drop-off box underneath the Marquee sign (sunny days only!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-3:00.

Please send in your Good Stuff!

We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to Linda Ele at We want to hear from you!

Canine Co-captain

Natalie A., grade 11, paddle boarding with Angus!
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** Extracurricular Activities **


Musicing Club

The Musicing Club is led by Malvyn Lai, grade 10. They are a chamber music club for those interested in music or playing an instrument to practice, perform, learn, and appreciate music together. Working through Zoom this year, these talented musicians are also using their resourcefulness and technical skills!

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ASB Students sharing their work

Ally Action Website

Ally Action Officially has a website! Here you can get information on our club, see our events, and even watch recordings of some of them. We have also linked resources to external events, petitions, and ways to reach out. The entire site was built by students. You can find the link to it here.

What I Wish My Parents Knew

The MEA Mental Health Club is asking all students to fill out this form titled “What I Wish My Parents Knew”. This form is for students of all ages to voice their feelings, both positive and negative, to help instigate conversation between students and parents. Later this year, the club will host a panel for parents to ask questions and discuss the topic of “what I wish my parents knew". The responses from this form will be used and read aloud during the panel. Dates for the panel will be released in the coming weeks.


ASB is hosting an ongoing school-wide competition, henceforth titled the Spirit Cup! Each grade level/group will compete with each other for a prize (for the sake of fairness, K - 2 and 3 - 4 are combined into groups). Students can earn Spirit Points towards their class's total in the following ways:

SPIRIT DAYS - Through TreeRing, students can submit pictures of themselves in their spirit day costume. They will receive one Spirit Point per spirit day for which they send in a picture demonstrating participation. Here are instructions for submitting photos through TreeRing (use the spirit day folder). Note that photos submitted now will not be included in the yearbook, but will count for Spirit Points!

EVENTS - Students can earn three Spirit Points for participation in an event, as well as additional Spirit Points that might be awarded from the event (e.g. Extra Spirit Points might be earned from placing in the top three in a schoolwide kahoot). To earn these points, students must fill out a short form sent out during the event.

Other ways to earn Spirit Points may be revealed through the year.

The points earned by each class will be tallied up and displayed in the Monday Message at the beginning of each month. Members of whichever class has the most points at the end of month 9 will win the Spirit Cup and associated bragging rights. They will also be rewarded with certificates for 5 oz of free yogurt from YogurtLand, and the student with the most Spirit Points earned will earn a $10 Amazon gift card, which will be distributed at the beginning of month 10.

Humans of MEA

Based on "Humans of New York", Ally Action will interview teachers and high school students to learn their story. The interviews will be shared on the Monday Message. The goal of this project is to help show that we all have our own stories!

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Humans of MEA form.


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. Please reach out to him him with any counseling questions at Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

Summer Community College Classes

For Sophomores and Juniors wanting to take a community college class in the Summer, please note that the Summer 2021 college class schedule release has been postponed to April 19, 2021. You can view the Summer online class schedule after April 19.

Students need to apply to the community college district if they have not done so. In addition to this, students will also need to complete and submit this online Supplemental Application. Once submitted, students will be scheduled by the community college. Summer classes begin June 7th.

Here is general Mesa College Summer information.

Choosing classes for 2021-22

Articulation Meetings for 2021-2022

Students in grades 5-11 have the opportunity to plan their classes for next school year.

Grades 5, 6, 7

  • Students will review articulation sheets/course options with Ms. Patterson during English class this month and parents should go over course options with their student(s) at home.

  • Students must submit the articulation sheet with parent approval to their Supervising/PE teacher through Google Classroom during Month 6.

  • Please contact your child’s supervising teacher with questions.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 6th graders

Incoming 7th graders

Incoming 8th graders

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11

All 8th -11th graders must email Mr. Zappala at to schedule a time to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses. If students do not meet with Mr. Zappala before the end of April, he will schedule them into their 2021-22 classes.

  • Incoming 9th graders and their parents can meet with Mr. Zappala for a 4-year planning conference during the time of their articulation meeting.

  • Parents are encouraged to attend along with their student. If parents cannot attend, they should review the course options with their student at home.

  • Students do not need to return an articulation sheet, but should be prepared to share their course requests with Mr. Zappala during their appointment with him.

  • For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 9th graders

Incoming 10th graders

Incoming 11th graders

Incoming 12th graders

Find all courses being offered next year here: Master Course List 2021-2022

Email Mr. Zappala at to schedule a meeting time.

Mental Health Resource Survey

Have you utilized mental health resources that Mr. Zappala has made available either through teacher websites or in Monday Messages?

Please answer ONE or TWO questions in this anonymous Mental Health Resource Survey. Thank you.

JUNIORS: Poli. Sci. CCAP options for next year

Mesa has offered another CCAP option for our students. In addition to math 150 and 151, Seniors next year can take Poli. Sci. 102 and 121 to meet the Government and Economics graduation requirements. However, I have met with many of this year’s juniors for articulation before knowing this was an option, so I would like for the juniors who have already met with me to know that they can email me to change to the Poli. Sci options for next year and for those who have not met with me to be aware of this option.

- Mr. Zappala,

Endless Possibilities

SDCCD Endless Possibilities

Your guide to majors and programs of interest at the San Diego Community College District. They offer endless possibilities for your career journey with a wealth of opportunities for pursuing your education. The SDCCD strives to make their students successful by dedicating their resources to quality instruction and stellar support services.

Class of 2021

Seniors, this Counseling & Guidance Resources webpage was designed with you in mind. From the page you will find helpful resources to support your senior year: understand the college application process, cope with the stressors of transitioning to college and navigate the challenges of senior year.


Virtual School Gardens Tour

Tuesday, April 27 / 10:00-10:45am

On April 27, hundreds of schools across the country will join together in a virtual school gardens tour and educational broadcast event. Link to information and registration.

This is a great opportunity to connect students to garden spaces and other places in some great science and social studies concepts. Kids in school gardens = happy and healthy kids!

Classics 4 Kids

Classics 4 Kids is offering the following virtual events:

  • Physics that make a flute toot
  • Meet a Mariachi on Cinco de Mayo
  • “What Music Means to Me” art contest

Stress and Resilience Workshops

Monday, May 3 / 6:00-6:45 pm

Monday, May 10 / 6:00-6:45 pm

Zoom: 940-2643-7772

Passcode: 023139

Stress and Resilience Flyer

Brought to you by Kaiser Permanente, resilience Actor-Educators focus on the physiological effects of stress, ways to manage stress for families, and tools to build resilience. In this series, parents can:

  • Make a schedule that works for their family to help reduce stress
  • Learn Meditation and self-regulation techniques for the whole family
  • Learn to identify stress triggers by creating a stress diary
  • Understand how trauma affects learning, and how to support your child’s learning at home

Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre (ET) has served Southern California since 1986.

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